Letters to the Editor

June 23, 2020

Edited: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 11:43 p.m. It’s June in Berkeley Heights, the sun is getting hotter, the days are longer, and once again Mr. Maciejewski (a.k.a Ed, Edmund, Dmund, Tom) is trying to fleece the Republican base into believing he is a true conservative, and it couldn’t be further ...

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Call to action: Due to the unfortunate global pandemic, the Plainfield Board of Education is facing a $12.8 million dollar budget cut. Black and Brown districts across the country have been affected by the lack of educational access and opportunities for far too long. The ability to access a ...

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To the Editor: I wish to address a campaign flyer endorsing Ashley Felice and Mark Hamilton in the Republican Primary on Tues 7/7/20 concerning Chatham Township Committee. I received the document by mail on approx. 5/27/20. Plenty of comments well-founded and defensible, whether re Mayor Mike ...

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Dear Editor: Today, the state reported another 400 COVID-19 positive test results, bringing the statewide total to 169,142. Union County currently has a total of 16,322 confirmed cases. According to the Westfield Regional Health Department, Fanwood's number stands at 96 cases. As we slowly ...

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I am writing this letter in support of Arati Kreibich for the New Jersey 5th district congressional seat. I have lived in the 5th district my entire life and have voted in all the elections I have ever been old enough for. Dr. Kreibich is my choice to represent my district because of her positions ...

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Dear Editor: This letter is in support of the Town Historic Preservation Ordinance.  We have lived in Westfield for more than 35 years, in a home built in 1902.  We selected Westfield as the town in which to raise our two boys because we appreciate the historical character of the homes, the ...

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Dear Editor, On July 7th, the residents of Chatham Township will be faced with a decision to continue to have the existing Mayor Mike Kelly re-elected.  I am enthusiastically endorsing Mike for his re-election bid for the Chatham Township Committee, and I encourage the residents to continue to ...

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Due to Covid-19 and regulations imposed on many seniors, I've become a residence-confined News Junkie. I watched the behavior of rogue police who caused the death of George Floyd. Their actions were stupid, disgusting and warrant the most severe punishment possible, and all police should be ...

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I was surprised to read Senator Tom Kean Jr.’s recent Op-Ed “A Pivotal Moment For Our Community” stating his support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Being an advocate means more than just saying the words, and throughout his nearly 20 years in Trenton, Kean has shown he is anything but on ...

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Dear Editor:   Chelsea Senior Living properties in New Jersey and New York have begun allowing family members of residents to schedule visits on a limited basis under robust social distancing and masking rules.   Additional infection control protocols are discussed with the resident and ...

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Dear Editor: Allow me to preface my letter today by stating that I completely support the people’s right to select or elect whomever they choose to represent them. It is a democracy which we all much uphold, protect and fight for.  To that end, I am writing this letter to express my sincere ...

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I still remember how taken aback my family and I were in 2016 when President Trump was elected. As religious and ethnic minorities, we were confused and stressed as to what this would mean for our identity and our rights. Sikh Americans have had an especially difficult time after 9/11 with racism ...

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As we are nearing the primaries, and in the midst of this pandemic, I feel compelled to comment about the “Democratic“ candidates running for  Congress in NJ5.   We have the incumbent, Josh Gottheimer and then we have Dr Arati Kreibich, a neuroscientist and Glen Rock Councilwoman.  I ...

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     As a teenager, I live in constant fear that the world we live in will soon be nearly inhabitable. The climate crisis is real, especially for those of us who are going to be living with it for the larger part of our lives. That is why I was so deeply frustrated when I heard my district’s ...

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Dear Class of 2020,     As you get ready to say goodbye to your childhood and Millburn and hello to the rest of your lives; I can only imagine that many thoughts are going through your head, magnified by the events of the day. I don’t know what you’re thinking right now.  But my guess is that ...

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To the Editor: Chatham Township is one of the most desirable places to live in New Jersey. The schools are regularly rated in the Top 5, property taxes are reasonable, citizens are among the safest in all of New Jersey, and it has a thriving set of community activities.  While there are many ...

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Acknowledging that COVID-19 again prevented us from welcoming students in person for special recognition, Board president Peggy Oster opened the virtual meeting with a video that gives us a glimpse into recent student achievement in athletics, volunteerism, and visual and performing arts. Included ...

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Tom Kean Jr. likes to talk about "values," about bringing New Jersey "values" to Washington. It's astonishing, therefore, that he continues to sit by silently while not only New Jersey values but American values are under assault. Is it an American value to encourage a dictator to build ...

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To The Editor: If there is one thing we have learned over the last few months, it’s that a pandemic can shut down an economy and the way we do business.  It’s for this reason that we need to consider another way to move forward in this changing world we live in, to ensure a vibrant downtown in ...

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To the Editor: At a time when human rights, justice, fairness, equity, understanding, acceptance, inclusiveness, opportunity, and reassessment finally command our attention requiring listening, dialogue and actions championing change it is particularly disheartening that Chatham is in a ...

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Dear Editor: These are tumultuous times, but also times of hope and progress. First, let me wish the African-American community a Happy Juneteenth (AKA Freedom Day) on June 19, a holiday celebrating the start of freedom for slaves at the end of the Civil War.  In the midst of fighting the ...

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First, I would like to congratulate the entire Plainfield High School Graduating Class of 2020, they have worked very hard to achieve this goal. I am writing this as a parent of one of those graduating seniors. I completely understand the gravity of the Covid-19 Pandemic and what it has meant for ...

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Dear Editor: On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, students and alumni from the Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District participated in the second installment of the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Listening Tour. TRHT and Social Justice Matters (SJM) are groups founded by community members ...

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Have you wondered why Westfield has lost so many of our historic homes and landmarks over time? It’s primarily because we have had a weak Historic Preservation ordinance giving the Town limited authority to do anything about it. Last Tuesday night the Town Council introduced an ordinance that ...

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Dear Editor, My family moved to Westfield in 2011 first and foremost for its historic charm. I was drawn to Westfield because it reminded me of where I grew up, Larchmont, NY.  The village of Larchmont is known for its historic homes and strong preservation efforts. My husband and I looked ...

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The League of Women Voters of Glen Rock, together with the League of Women Voters of New Jersey and more than 700 State Leagues and sister Local Leagues echo the statement of the League of Women Voters of the United States regarding the murder of George Floyd.  The statement read in ...

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To the Editor, The current situation in New Jersey and around the country is seemingly dire. Millions are unemployed, federal spending has taken a life of its own, over 100,000 Americans have died, rioters and looters flooded the streets destroying property and livelihoods. America is cracking ...

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To the Editor: In our twenty-one years living in Chatham Township, we have never felt the need to attend Township Committee meetings.  However, like many of our neighbors, we were shocked and alarmed last November to find out that the Township Committee had made certain critical decisions ...

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Dear Editor: Last night, the Scotch Plains Town Council began its regular meeting by reading a Resolution Condemning Racism and two ceremonial Proclamations, one in observation of Juneteenth, the other commemorating PRIDE month. I wrote the Resolution Condemning Racism and the Proclamation ...

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To Our Senior Athletes: The Athletic Booster Club wishes our graduating Senior Athletes all the best on their graduation day.  While the year didn’t end as we would have liked and we were disappointed in having to cancel our annual celebration dinner, we did have a drive through to give out ...

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